Making a Hanging Shelf

by Ashley Horne

Do you have some empty wall space? Do you have lots of knick knacks that could use a new home? Well then what better way to take care of both problems than to build a shelf. This home project is easy – I mean really easy, and if you are looking for the first of many home projects, this may be it!

Safety Glasses

So, what will you need to make and hang your own shelf?

  • Tape measurer
  • Circular saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint or Stain
  • Wood
  • Drill and drill bits
  • L-brackets
  • Level
  • Stud finder (optional)

The first step in this project is to measure your space. Decide how large you want your shelf to be. You will need to purchase enough wood for the length you desire and a minimum of two L-brackets – more if your shelf is longer.

Once you determine how long you want your shelf to be, use your tape measure and pencil to mark the length on the wood. You will then use your circular saw to cut the wood to the appropriate length. Be sure to wear your safety glasses to ensure no flying debris makes its way into your eyes!

At this point you can paint or stain your wood if desired. Make sure you give the wood enough time to dry before proceeding.

Flip your shelf over. Space the L-brackets approximately 8” from either end. Use your drill to screw the L-bracket into the shelf. Once this is complete you can take the shelf to the wall. Determine the desired location of your shelf – you may need a helper at this point to hold the shelf for you. Use your level to ensure that the shelf is straight and then mark the location of the holes that need to be drilled. You can remove the shelf and then pre-drill the holes. Then put the shelf back up to the wall and screw it in. Make sure you use drywall anchors if you aren’t able to hit the studs.

The greatest part is picking out which items you will place on your new shelf! Just think of the possibilities!

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